Posts Tagged ‘ Ray Garries ’

Industry Leaders Share Insights on Innovation at FGIA Annual Conference

Feb 21st, 2024

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) 2024 Annual Conference kicked off Monday at the Omni Amelia Island Resort near Jacksonville, Florida. The three-day event brings together industry experts to discuss various glass- and glazing-specific topics. These include innovations in the window industry, diversity, sealants, sustainability, technology, weathering, insulating glass, and more. The conference aims […]

With COVID Out of the Way, FGIA Regains Laser Focus on Initiatives

Feb 16th, 2023

A professional crowd moves through a hotel lobby.

The Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance’s (FGIA) annual conference took place this week in San Diego, where officials provided updates for various initiatives and collaborations. After progress slowed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, most efforts have since regained their momentum, officials said, including several impacting the environment and building codes, and one that’s set to change […]

Industry Innovation

Mar 11th, 2019

Being part of a trade organization is a great way to learn about innovation in our industry. There are 91,000 trade associations in the U.S. and these groups are responsible for $50 billion worth of volunteer time. That’s a lot of opportunity for learning! Every businessperson should owe part of his time and treasure to […]

Innovation Interviews

Aug 14th, 2018

We are all enjoying a great economy for our door and window products. As the run continues, the need for more innovation to help your competitive position grows. As this need grows, your need to hire innovators grows. So how do you hire the best innovators? A recent blog entry on “Board of Innovation” lists 10 […]

How to Invent Anything!

Jan 10th, 2017

“The Inventor looks upon the world and is not content with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world, he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of Invention posses him,seeking materialization” — Alexander Graham Bell Every mechanical or electronic device you use every day is […]

Innovation and Its Enemies

Oct 10th, 2016

“Most suffering comes from the failure to adapt and a resistance to change.”—Debasish Mridha Innovation requires change, but change is one of the more difficult effects to implement in any company. The fear of job or pay loss, the fear of reduced influence and plain old fear of the unknown has stopped many innovations. This […]

MI Windows and Doors Adds to Leadership Team

May 17th, 2016

MI Windows and Doors added two industry veterans to its leadership team. Ray Garries is the new vice president of engineering and innovation, and Richard Allen is vice president of replacement products. Together, they bring to MI more than 60 years of industry-related experience. Garries previously held positions with Alcoa Building Products and Jeld-Wen, during […]

Great Question!

Nov 23rd, 2015

Many business leaders who make a difference, and many with whom I’ve worked, possess a key skill: asking great questions. Doing so will greatly improve your innovation system. So how do we ask great questions? You’d find it difficult to outperform the questioning ability of the average five-year-old. “Why is the sky blue? Why does […]

“Innovation, Innovation, Innovation”

Feb 24th, 2015

“The Internet? We are not interested in it.” Not too long ago, a famous businessman made this statement. He was, and is, one of the most innovative people alive, but he too was caught up in the “naysayers” mentality because the idea was out of his normal thinking path. Who was this entrepreneur? Bill Gates […]